Airplane Play Structure

DIY Airplane Play Structure Plans - Rogue Engineer

DIY Airplane Play Structure Plans - Rogue Engineer

DIY Airplane Play Structure Plans - Rogue Engineer

DIY Airplane Play Structure Plans - Rogue Engineer

DIY Airplane Play Structure Plans - Rogue Engineer

For a long time now, we have wanted to build a small play structure for the kids out back. We wanted something that would encourage imagination and, well, be different. Since I’m an aerospace engineer my wife suggested we build an airplane. I knew this was going to be tough. I wanted to design a plane that was fairly simple and could be built in a weekend. The problem was actually making it look like a plane and yet still be an easy build. In case you didn’t know, airplanes have pretty complex surfaces. Nonetheless, after a couple design iterations I think we nailed it. But tell me what you think in the comments.

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DIY Airplane Play Structure Plans - Rogue Engineer

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Airplane Play Structure Plans - Dimensions

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Airplane Play Structure Plans - Cut List

How to Build an Airplane Play Structure

As always, I’ve included the step-by-step plans to build this awesome airplane play structure. Take a look at how easy this project really is to build. If you choose to take on this project you can download a printable PDF of the project plans using the link below.

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Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • Beautiful and so unique.

  • Lisa Morales

    I love this. I can’t wait to get home from vacation and build it!!!

  • Trish Wingert

    I love this! My husband and grandson are so much into remote control planes! We are going to build it for Landon? Thank you for the instructions

    • Awesome Trish! Be sure to post pictures when you do.

  • Jim

    thanks for the plans. Looking forward to starting this bill tomorrow.

    However, I think there’s a mistake on the cut list. It should be a 2 x 10 x 10. 2 60 inch cuts won’t happen on an 8 foot board.

    Thanks again for all the DIY plans. Much appreciated.

    • Good catch Jim. That was a typo and I’ve corrected it. Thanks for the heads up, I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  • Liz

    I love this! I’m so glad you posted it on Facebook so I could find it. My kids are too old at this point, but I’m thinking I would be the coolest aunt ever if I made one for my 3 nephews under 4.

  • Ted Stratton

    I love your plans I looking to modify the heck out of the this one I would like to make it a four seater 2×2. Any suggestions. Also I have to thank you. I showed my wife you site. I getting a cordless brad nailer for Christmas. HD should not always email receipts. Lol. But my build list just got larger. We should have a new kitchen table come the new year. Also I just bought the material for the trestle desk think of staining it red.

    • Haha, Thanks Ted. Those brand nailers are sweet. Looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you.

  • Mitch Rogers

    Being a manufacturing engineer in aerospace myself and a handyman on the side I love this project! Definitely doing for my 2 boys! So glad found your site!

    • Thanks Mitch! Happy building.

    • Mitch Rogers

      I’ve since added a large swivel caster on the back and hooks on the front to pull the boys with my 4-wheeler!

  • Jesse Potts

    I used white oak, red oak and treated pine. It is HEAVY!

  • Jesse Potts

    I still have to paint

  • Steve

    I had to add some photos of a plane my dad made for us out of wood vegetable crates that you could grab from behind grocery stores back in the day.

    • Ted Morris

      I remember those days. Good too remember.

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  • Lauren J Hart

    How long does it normally take to get the plans? It’s been 30 min, but I don’t have them in my inbox.

    • Lauren J Hart

      Yes, I know that I am impatient.

    • They should come immediately. Check your junk folder and if they are not in there then just shoot me an email at and I will send them to you manually.